Bloomfield is situated in the Umalas neighborhood on Jl. Bumbak. The main selling point of Umalas has got to be that you’re in a pocket of (soon disappearing) rice paddies amongst a quickly developing, trendy triangle of Seminyak, Petitenget, and Canggu that’s become one big South Bali sprawl of activity.
All the trendy beach clubs and boutiques of Seminyak, restaurants and beachfront of Petitenget, and the hip, cafe-laden surfer town of Canggu, within reach.
But, transportation is the tricky thing when staying here. So any time you want to go anywhere, renting a scooter (if you can drive and have a proper license) is certainly the most convenient way to go.
There’s not a ton of stuff for food, grocery, and convenience store options, let alone points of interest and shopping within walking distance, so you will want a ride to places of interest unless you want to spend your entire stay vegging out by the pool. If you’re looking for lots of conveniences, though, then the cafe that’s adjacent to the property, Kembali Bumbak, is just next door and is worth a visit.
Perhaps Bloomfield’s biggest wow factor is the aesthetic appeal of the property grounds. The design revolves around a paddy view, the villa taking a horse-shoe shape around an infinity pool, perched over the green rice fields. Worth noting: there’s also a second pool next to the open air, breezy dining room which has a bamboo canopy.
Before it was reborn as a boutique hotel in December 2017, Bloomfield used to be a private residence. The property comprises 16 rooms and one three-bedroom villa.
The hotel spins out a philosophy of eco-friendly sustainability and wellness, and this seems to be reflected in the minimalistic yet chic natural design, with bamboo building materials, woven and an open-air thatched-roof dining room.
It’s definitely a very relaxing setting — just feel prepared to face the interesting, yet at-moments-awkward, the reality that those rice paddies you’re looking out on as you sunbathe by the pool are farm plots, meaning there will be farmers coming and going, tending to their crops as you soak up the rays in your bikini.
The room was spacious, especially with its high ceilings, yet still had a cozy vibe. The linens were soft and the mattresses were comfortable.
The bathroom is kind of a quirky layout. It’s like a long corridor, running parallel behind the bed’s headboard, and the toilet is in a separate tiny room from everything — meaning, the sink, and shower. That means that every time you use the throne, you have to walk across the bedroom and around the bed, with dirty hands to go wash up afterward.
To get into the pool rooms, you’ve got to get through two layers of sliding doors that were a bit difficult to move.
The first layer is just a bamboo frame, while the second layer is glass. It’s the bamboo frame that has the lock in it, so you’ve got to deal with both layers every time you want to leave or lock up for the night.
Bloomfield is a beautiful hotel in an attractive, strategic location — especially if you can ride a scooter or don’t mind paying extra transport fees.
The staff was extremely attentive, helpful, and friendly.
Bloomfield Bali is at Jl. Bumbak no. 25, Gang Pulau no. 6